Oscars: U.K. Picks 'Metro Manila' as Foreign Language Nomination

Metro Manila

United Kingdom, Philippines (Director: Sean Ellis, Screenwriters: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers)

Seeking a better life, Oscar and his family move from the poverty-stricken rice fields to the big city of Manila, where they fall victim to various inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Cast: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega. World Premiere

Directed by Sean Ellis, the film was selected to enter the race by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

LONDON – British filmmaker Sean Ellis' Metro Manila has been selected as the U.K.'s official submission in the race to secure a best foreign language movie nomination slot for the 2014 Oscars.

Metro Manila tells the story of Oscar Ramirez and his family's search for a better life in the bustling Philippine capital city of Manila. As events take an unexpected turn, he unwittingly endangers himself and his family.

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Nomination voting begins on Friday, Dec. 27, and the final Academy award nominations will be announced Jan. 16, 2014.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is the organization appointed by AMPAS to select the U.K.'s submission for consideration for the foreign language film award.

Ellis' movie won the World Cinema audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is set for release in the U.K. on Sept. 20 by distributor Independent Distribution.